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LGU GENSAN to Provide More Programs for Children’s Welfare 

The city government will be launching more programs next year to further improve the welfare of children as the city annually allocates a minimum of P15-Million for Children’s welfare program alone.

Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera State of the Children’s Address delivered on Friday, November 24, 2017 at the Lagao Gym stressed that the local government of General Santos is committed to promote the best interest of all the children in the city.

According to him, the city will also launch the Mobile Library and the E-Learning Hub to the 26 barangays of the city next year. This is designed to provide opportunities to children to be able to read books and use computers for reading activities and computer literacy.

The city chief executive also announced that plans are underway and a budget is already provided for the expansion of the Youth and Adults Entrepreneurship Program (YAEG) of the Alternative Learning System.

He pointed out that he is directing the establishment of a Likay Droga Center in 2018, alongside the functionality of Bahay Pag-asa, the home for out of school youth and children who are victims of violence and crimes.

He added that YAEG shall be introduced also to those beneficiaries who considered to be children at risk and in need of special attention, including those Children in Conflict with the Law, who are at the same time ALS learners, inorder for them to be provided with necessary trainings for possible livelihood programs and assistance, together with the partnership of TESDA.

The mayor also told the children that this year, Gensan won the Galing Pook Award 2017 for its program on Likay Droga (Lingap sa Kabataang Ayaw sa Droga) which is the city’s initial intervention for anti-illegal drug use and community rehabilitation program which the city is currently implementing for the Out of School Youth who are also learners under the Alternative Learning System in partnership with DedEd.

He added that in 2018, this program will also be introduced to communities thru the expanded implementation of another program Purok Laban sa Krimen, for the promotion of public welfare and order.

Aside from Galing Pook Award, the city was also adjudged as one of the child-friendly local governments in the Philippines in 2015. This is because of the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) which has been actively implementing programs, projects and activities for children down to the purok level.

The mayor also lauded AKLAT, the Office for Education matters under the City Mayor’s Office. He said that this unit is performing well in managing the Edukar-Gensan which provides scholarship to students amounting to about P1.9 M for the 200 scholars.

He further said that he has directed AKLAT Unit to establish next year the 1st Assessment Center for Senior High School where choice for a good education or a vocational skill by these children will either be for free or at a very low cost.

He again reiterated his commitment saying, “I am committed and I hope that you will also be committed to continue to care for our children until we can declare that in General Santos City there is no children privileged or under privileged, infant, young or young-adult, in-school or out of school, be ever left behind.”(CPIO/JPA/RSC/datb)

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